Carlos Vela exited Los Angeles Football Club’s last preseason game, a 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps at home on Saturday in which he scored the game’s lone goal, with a knee injury. After Bob Bradley said the team would need to wait and see how bad the injury was after the game, the initial news on it appears to be positive.
Kevin Baxter of The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that an MRI was negative and Vela is “day to day” with the injury.
Here is your Carlos Vela update: @LAFC says an MRI was negative and Vela has what the team is calling a "knee contusion." The team is off today and Vela will report for training Tuesday. He is "day to day" and has not been ruled out for Sunday— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) February 25, 2019
Vela, 29, is entering his second season with LAFC, after playing 31 games across all competitions in 2018 for the club. He did miss time due to the World Cup, and was rested a game or two, but he didn’t miss any games last season due to injury.
Can’t say for certain if he’ll play on Sunday in the season opener against Sporting Kansas City, but Baxter’s report indicates an optimistic prognosis for the player. We’ll keep you posted on any other news on this or other injuries that emerge during the week.
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